What Should I Do If I Was Injured In a Car Accident?
What you should do if you were injured in a car accident is to seek medical attention first. Then, you may focus on gathering information and contacting a legal professional if you feel someone else may be liable for your accident. Taking the right steps in the chaos and heightened emotional hours and weeks following a Toronto car accident may make it easier to build your case and pursue compensation for your injuries later on, if you qualify.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we may be able to help you protect your rights and deal with your claims and legal maneuvers later on, but you may be able to help your own case by doing the right things now.
Your Health and Wellbeing Must Come First
It is imperative that you focus on your health and well-being in the first minutes and hours after a Toronto car accident. Contacting emergency assistance if you believe you or anyone else suffered injuries must be your top priority. Even if you do not believe your medical issues are serious, being evaluated is crucial to both your health and your car accident case.
In many cases, even serious injuries may not show up immediately. Internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other serious injuries may not be apparent during the initial hours or days following a car accident. Medical evaluation may allow healthcare professionals to identify any injuries you sustained and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Your Medical Treatment Supports Your Car Accident Claim
Not only may early treatment help you recover more quickly and reduce the likelihood of further damage, but getting prompt medical care may play a key role in proving your injuries occurred as a result of your accident. It may also reduce the risk of contributory negligence allegations.
It is important that you continue to focus on your health and treatment as long as necessary to recover as fully as possible. Attend all treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy appointments, and keep clear records about your care and related expenses.
Create a File of Information About Your Car Accident
As soon as you are able, following a Toronto car accident, take steps to gather all the information you have about your accident in one place. This may make it easier for you to file your claim, in accordance with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, or discuss your accident with a legal professional later on. This file should include:
- Your account of the accident
- The collision report filed by police, if available
- Contact information, license plate numbers, and other information about others involved in the accident
- Contact information of any eyewitnesses, if you were able to collect them
- Pictures of the accident, if you were able to take any
- Any other bills, receipts, or related documents you may have
Before you do something incorrectly, it may prove invaluable if you contact a Toronto car accident lawyer to prepare your claim or pursues damages on your behalf if you qualify.
Consider Working With a Toronto Car Accident Lawyer
As soon as you have a better understanding of the injuries you suffered and the extent of the treatment you may require, you may want to consider how working with a Toronto car accident lawyer might help you. It is important to remember that there may be several methods that might allow you to recover compensation in this type of case, but the insurance company is not likely to be on your side and help you sort them out.
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, possibilities for recovering compensation for your car accident losses may include:
- Your no-fault coverage (Accident Benefits)
- A liability-based (third party-) tort claim (Lawsuit)
We recommend reaching out to our team from Preszler Injury Lawyers as soon as your injuries allow, following your Toronto car accident. We may be able to quickly assess your case, determine if there are any complicated facets to your case, such as contributory negligence allegations, and provide you with your options.
If we believe we may need to prove fault and liability in your accident, we may be able to go to work preserving evidence, forming our arguments for compensation if you qualify, and protecting your rights. We may also ensure you meet all filing deadlines and represent you throughout the claims process so you may focus on healing from your injuries.
Speak to a Member of the Preszler Injury Lawyers Team Today
If you have questions about what you should do if you were injured in a car accident or your Toronto car accident case, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers to learn more.
Contact us as soon as possible before time runs out. Under the Limitations Act of 2002, according to the Government of Ontario, you may only have two years to take legal action (subject to discoverability). Find out more by calling us.
Call Preszler Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-JUSTICE.